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United Airlines pilot leaves 300 passengers stranded after refusing to fly to Israel

By Mason White 11:56 AM June 27, 2014
Newark airport 

By: Devansh Dutt
Hundreds of passengers were left stranded for several hours after a United Airlines pilot refused to fly to Israel, Arutz Sheva 7 reported.

The 300 passengers were stranded for hours on the plane, while airline officials scrambled to find another pilot.

The United Airlines flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Tel Aviv, Israel, was set to leave. Passengers expected to reach their destination after about 10 hours, but instead were in transit for about 30 hours.

One passenger said that a company spokesperson said that the pilot refused to fly to Tel Aviv. However, he did not say if his motive was political.

United Airlines responded to complaints with an apology and offered compensation.